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Lots of damage but no injuries in fire at dog-boarding business near Modesto

A fire Thanksgiving morning did well above $100,000 damage at a Claribel Road property that includes dog boarding and training business, according to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.
A fire Thanksgiving morning did well above $100,000 damage at a Claribel Road property that includes dog boarding and training business, according to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

A fire on a Claribel Road property that includes a business and residences caused as much as $140,000 in damage early Thursday, according to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

About 3:25 a.m., a call was made reporting a boat on fire at Claus Road and Davis Avenue northeast of Modesto, said Stanislaus Consolidated Battalion Chief Eric DeHart. The engine crew first on the scene realized the fire was not at that location. The crew drove around the area and saw the glow of the fire, which turned out to be at Big Basin Dog Training & Boarding, at 4554 Claribel Road.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the boat fire had spread to a travel trailer and to a structure that apparently once was stables but now is used for storage, DeHart said.

A total of four engines and two trucks from Stanislaus Consolidated and Modesto Fire battled the blaze, with Ceres Fire providing resource coordination and backup coverage for the departments, DeHart said.

It took crews about 40 minutes to control the fire, the battalion chief said. “Water is an issue out there, and we ran out a couple of times for a short duration,” he said. The gap in water supply didn’t add to the fire’s damage, DeHart said, because firefighters had contained its spread. The additional water was needed simply to extinguish areas already burned.

The stables/storage area is about 180 feet long, by the owner’s estimate, DeHart said. About 50 feet of the entirely wooden structure was lost.

The trailer that burned is one of two on the property known to be occasionally occupied, he said, but no one was home. The owner of Big Basin lives on the property, DeHart said, but no people or animals were injured in the fire.

A fire investigator was on the scene, but the cause has not been determined, DeHart said. Damage has been estimated at $80,000 to $100,000 for the storage area and its contents, and an additional $40,000 for the boat and trailer and its contents.

Firefighters were done at the scene by about 7 a.m. Thursday.

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